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FALSE: Photo shows Joma Sison in a coma


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FALSE: Photo shows Joma Sison in a coma
The photo was manipulated, and Sison addressed the claim on the same day, saying he is healthy.

A photo shows Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison supposedly in a coma.

A graphic circulated on August 27 with a photo of Sison allegedly in a hospital ward, along with the text, “Jose Maria Sison na coma sa Netherlands, agaw buhay!” (Jose Maria Sison in a coma in the Netherlands, now in critical condition!)

false post photo shows joma sison in coma

At least 3 posts contained this graphic, getting a total of 2,632 reactions, 1,759 comments, and 4,639 shares as of writing. These posts were flagged by Facebook Claim Check, a tool that detects potentially false content on the platform.

Rating: FALSE
The facts:

The photo was manipulated, and Sison debunked the claim on the same day, saying he is healthy.

A reverse image search showed that the original photo was that of a different person, and was sourced from the website wisegeek.com. It also showed that the altered graphic circulated as early as August 2018.

On Facebook, Sison addressed the claim saying the image of him was photoshopped and that he is healthy.

Agence France-Presse also fact-checked this claim.

In the past, Rappler had also fact-checked other claims related to Sison. – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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